August 26, 2008

August 26, 2008
Post-Olympic Survival Guide

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I don't know about you, but the Olympics took over my life. After watching the men's 1500-meter freestyle race, I realized that something was wrong with me—watching people swim fifteen laps in a pool is hardly entertainment. But every night, I lay in a coma-like state on my couch, trying to stay up late enough to watch men row a boat. Now, I'm tired and irritable from lack of sleep. I can't even remember my life before the Olympics were on.

As I come out of my Olympic haze, all I can think is—what will I do now? How will I spend my time? What will be there to quench the need I have for comeback stories, beautiful music, and thrilling down-to-the-last-minute races?

Now that I won't be glued to my television every night, I'm going to use my free time to plan my post-Olympic survival guide. I hope that it will help you, too.

7. Get Ready for Some Football … and Hockey and Basketball Before the Olympics started, I was excited they were coming on because they would fill two weeks of the crushing void that is life without football. It's finally back, with the first game on September fourth; hockey starts in early October and basketball starts in late October. Right now, it feels like I can't live without synchronized diving, but I have before and I will again.

6. Start a Workout Program After seeing all the beautiful, fit bodies, I have to admit that I was inspired to do something physical. On my bike rides, I pretended I was leading the pack on the way to the finish. I took the stairs more. I should use that energy and start sculpting my own Olympian physique. I've accepted that I'll never have Dara's abs, but in true Olympic spirit, I won't let one silly obstacle hold me back from glory.

5. Immerse Yourself in the New Fall TV Lineup Even though it doesn't feel like it now, life will go on now that the games have ended, and there are some great new TV shows to fill the emptiness. I'm excited about Kath & Kim, Fringe, Do Not Disturb, and Hole in the Wall (which looks hilarious). For all you drama freaks, 90210 will be resurrected and Laurence Fishburne will be on CSI. Most shows will return with new episodes in early September.

4. Follow Up on Connections Made I've talked about the Olympics with everyone I know—and some I don't. I was on a tedious and stressful phone call with a customer service agent, but all was well once we bonded over the games. Take the initiative and start conversations with strangers or follow up on relationships forged at the water cooler. Keep the spirit alive!

3. Become a Youth Sports Mentor It's probably too late for you and I to win gold, but there are thousands of young athletes who may have what it takes. Many sports start in the fall and coaches for youth sports are always needed. Get out there and be a mentor to our young athletes. If you help just one kid on his path to the gold, he'll probably let you wear it for a few minutes.

2. Follow the Drama These Olympics did not let us down when it came to drama and much of it is still unresolved. Were China's gymnasts too young? Who will be busted for doping? What will Misty May-Treanor and Kerry Walsh name their babies? How will the world interact with China now? What will Michael Phelps do next—train to defend his eight medals? The games may end, but the fallout could go on for months.

1. Get Your Life Back Together The dishes have piled up, the laundry basket is overflowing, and my dog hates me. I have neglected my personal relationships and bruised many with my grumpiness. It's time for us to rejoin reality and jump back into life with enthusiasm. Why not tackle the spring-cleaning now? How about approaching work with renewed dedication? Live every moment with passion and the Olympic spirit will live on—in you.

I had a doctor appointment with my Infectious Disease (HIV) doctor today. Unfortunately I still have a lung infection and a mid grade fever so the doctor ordered another x-ray, antibiotics and blood work and I have to go back in two days for the chest x-ray results and in two weeks for blood work results. So while I was hoping to be well by now, it looks like it might take another prescription of antibiotics which I received today and more rest. But at least I know why I have not had any energy this week. Dr. Katella and I had a good talk about trial studies and my health. I also took pictures of several of the employees holding one of our Dab the AIDS Bear to be added to the graphics on our opening page of this website. If you ever need an Infectious Disease doctor, I definitely would highly recommend AHF (AIDS Healthcare Foundation) where Dr. Katella is the head doctor for their Jacksonville office. The staff is also one of the friendliest and helpful I have met in Jacksonville. A good friend of mine is also their new office manager and he will be a huge asset for them since he has many years in office management and HIV/AIDS care. In fact, he is celebrating his birthday today so Happy Birthday Todd.

We did receive some new bad weather news. Hurricane Gustav barreled into Haiti on Tuesday, toppling trees, dumping rain and sending fuel prices soaring on fears the storm could become extremely dangerous when it reaches the Gulf of Mexico. The hurricane roared ashore with top sustained winds near 90 mph at about 1 p.m. EDT, 10 miles west of the city of Jacmel and 40 miles from the capital of Port-au-Prince. Heavy rains pelted the area, bending palm trees and kicking up surf. Hundreds of people in coastal Les Cayes ignored government warnings to seek shelter, instead throwing rocks to protest the high cost of living in the Western Hemisphere's poorest country. Oil prices shot up $5 a barrel Tuesday after the National Hurricane Center predicted Gustav could enter the gulf as a major hurricane this weekend. Prices of futures in natural gas, heating oil and gasoline also shot up. Our gasoline prices could rise by 10 cents a gallon ahead of Labor Day weekend if Gustav continues on this path according to experts. Forecasts often shift significantly as a storm develops, but projections suggested Gustav could slice along the south coast of Cuba and grow into a perilous Category 3 hurricane with 120 mph winds before entering the central gulf on Sunday. That could force shutdowns on the offshore rigs that account for a quarter of U.S. crude production and much of its natural gas. Projecting even further out, said Gustav could grow into a Category 5 storm if it passes through the Yucatan Channel and enters the Gulf's warmer than usual waters. Hurricane Katrina struck three years ago this weekend as a Category 5 after shuttering most of the gulf's oil and natural gas production. So if you live anywhere in the South you need to pay close attention to this storm because indications are it will be a major storm.

Well that is it for another day of my blog. I hope you enjoyed reading it and had a great day.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab